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    October 7, 2012
    11:00 - 11:59pm PDT  

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i think what is important is that parents realize that parenting is a process. this is a 55-year-old mother found dead in her home and her car is missing. plus the governor takes emergency action as gas prices soar to record highs. also -- >> the blue angels dance over the san francisco bay and we will look at the events in the city and the traffic that never really made a showing. good evening. i'm diane dwyer. many californians may love their cars but most don't like the spike in gas prices.
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prices up to an all-time high in california. innen effort to ease the burden, governor brown took emergency action today. kimberly tere has more on that an it seems you found one of the cheapest places for gas in the area. >> reporter: at this gas station on mcgee and north 33rd, you can see for yourself, the price for a gallon of regular unleaded is 4.37. 31 cents less than the state average but most say it isn't a bargain. >> i'm not working so i'm looking for the cheapest gas. >> looks like she found it. it has been busy all day with drivers looking to save at the pump. >> i try to get it where it is the cheapest and this is the area to come. >> reporter: worth the wait? >> i can say it is. >> reporter: governor jerry brown is now stepping in an unprecedented move aimed at
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driving down gas prices, brown directed the california air resources board to alu the production of less expensive winter blend of gas. >> winter blend is essentially a similar type of gasoline that doesn't have to meet as stringent air pollution requirements. with summer months, cleaner version is necessary to reduce ozone when possible. winter gasoline, thanks to the cooler air, doesn't have to be quite as stringent. >> usually the switch doesn't happen for another few weeks but by doing it now the theory is the fuel supply will increase and prices will decrease. right now the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in the bay area is 4.66. that's almost a dollar more than the national average. while industry experts say the governor's move is an interesting gesture, it won't have a massive impact. they say they expect to see prices drop in the next few days any way. since the problems at refineries that caused wholesale gas prices
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to skyrocket have been fixed. >> california is isolated when it comes to gasoline issues. when refineries in california have problems and nobody else does, it leads to a big problem in california but not anywhere else and that's what we are seeing. >> reporter: again we're at an average of 4.66 in the bay area. the highest price we found is 5.39 for a gallon of regular unleaded and that was in cupertino. live in san jose, kimberly tere, nbc news. here's a comparison for you around the country. the average in california is 4.66. that's the highest in the nation. even higher than hawaii. the lowest south carolina. they average $3.49 a gallon. we have new information on a homicide investigation in the east bay. police in hercules are asking for the public's help after finding a woman dead in her own home. nbc bay area has learned that police believe the 55-year-old
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mother likely died sometime between 7 and 10:00 p.m. friday night and say she suffered a traumatic injury to her head. we have more on the investigation. >> she was definitely a person who saw ways she could contribute and didn't hesitate. >> she was a lovely. everyone knows that. great mom. great teacher. some of the parents of the students wanted her to be the parent. >> reporter: standing on this porch of a friend's home in hercules, three of susie's four children remember their mother. describing a loving, giving woman who was thrilled to be a new grandmother the family home is surround by crime tape. they say someone killed her inside. a neighborhood found her body on friday. >> very shocking. i found out first thing on saturday morning. she had passed friday but my phone had died. as soon as i turned on the phone
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i got a call from my sister in london and found out and hurried home. what can you do? >> reporter: her husband of 34 years was working in idaho when she was killed. neighbors say it was a heart-breaking homecoming. >> when he got home, he got in a taxi and the police met him and he just broke down because they told him what happened. >> reporter: mike barnes added to a growing memorial for the retired teacher and popular neighbor known for her garnding. >> she did bonsais over here. >> they say her car is missing, taken from the garage. investigators are looking for the 2011 blue subaru outback with idaho plates. ko's children started we love susie.com. >> can't not love her. >> nbc bay area news. >> family members are planning a
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vigil for susie tomorrow night outside of the home at 8:30. we love susieko.com has nearly 50,000 visits already. we 30 days until the election, president obama is in california this weekend. tonight in l.a. raising money at a few star-studded events. tomorrow he is headed to the bay area for a series of events including a concert at the bill graham civic auditorium. the event is already sold out. after the concert there is a reception dinner with tickets costing as much as $40,000 a couple. coming up in ten minutes we will have more from los angeles on the president's visit there tonight. san francisco's big weekend is just about to officially be over and everything appears to have gone smoothly from the blue angels to the niners and giants, the fair and music festival. monty francis has a wrap up of what has been a busy but fun weekend for most people. hello, monty.
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>> thank you. good evening. more than 1 million visitors spent part of the weekend in the city and there were no major problems with traffic. even the fog lifted delaying the blue angels by only an hour. from the blue angels to blue grass they came to san francisco this weekend. packing muni bus and filling city streets. >> crazy is what it is. this is what san francisco is all about. great weather, beautiful fall day. a lot of people. a lot of great energy. a lot of fun. arer the 39 ths annual astro street fair drew hundreds of the castro sdplit is wonderful. so many much going on in the city we can always use the money for the city coffers. >> reporter: in addition to fleet week, the america's cup brought thousands to the waterfront. while most visitors heeded
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warnings about leaving their cars at home, some did not and were surprised by the lack of gridlock. it. >> was absolutely easy. i drove right to her house and found parking right away. >> the northbound section of the embarcadero was reserved for bikers and they took advantage of the road. >> i wish more people would have walking or riding a bike. there are still tons of cars and it surprises me people would be in a car. >> i don't want to leaf out the italian heritage parade or the 49ers game. to top it off a cruise ship docked in the city. live in san francisco, monty francis, nbc bay area news. >> very busy. thank you. bart shattered records in terms of ridership. it carried 320,000 riders, up 14% from the previous record for saturday.
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that record was set in september of 2007 when the bay bridge was closed and there was three major sporting events. bart leaders hope it becomes a regular occurrence. >> for most riders, taking part bart is the way to get to and from work and not something they necessarily do on the weekend. we are hoping that so many people tried it this weekend and learn it is a great way to get around the bay, even on the weekends when you may have a choice to drive. it is easier not to drive and get on the train. >> bart added extra trains in preparation for the events going on. the numbers for today are not in but it is likely today's ridership broke records, as well. many of those bart riders likely ended up at at&t park tonight where the giants took on the reds in the playoffs. those fans are now headed home defeated. we are joined from at&t park with a recap of the game. hello, jamie. >> reporter: hi, diane. as you can imagine in the clubhouse after the game giants
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players very quiet and somber after losing to the reds and by such a huge margin. talking to players they don't feel they are down and out yet. even though they are going in to cincinnati down 2-0. >> we know where we are at right now. our back are to the wall. we have to come out and be ready to play once we get to cincinnati. the game got away from us. i know they know what's at stake. as i said yesterday, they have done a great job all year at bouncing back and it's been done before. we have to keep fighting. >> back's against the wall. we have to go out and fight, scrap and claw. >> this is where you find out what you are made of. you know, especially, you know, all of us have to come together and pull together and not sit here an think of what happened
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these two games. that is over. we have to win one game at a time. >> we are not done yet. it has happened before that teams made a comeback. not very often but it has been done before. so we will keep fighting until the end. >> if they come back from 2-0 they would be the first national league team to do so in the division series. reporting live from at&t park, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, jamie. jamie is part of our team at comcast sportsnet and that's the spot for the best preand post game coverage of the a's and giants. watch an hour before first pitch and following the final out. for in depth coverage on csn bay area and csn california. another hear heart breaking loss. the tigers lead the best of five series. the series shifts to oakland where the a's like the giants will need to find their magic
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and win all three games to stay alive. fans are trying to stay positive, as well. the game was in detroit but in the bay area dozens of fans spilled a sports bar to watch the game. it was a nail biert. even though the a's came out on the losing end, fans say they are not giving up hope. >> i have tickets for all of the games. we are going. >> reporter: game three is scheduled for tuesday at the coliseum. first pitch is scheduled just after 6:00 p.m. the giants, the a's, the niners. we have post game coming up. plus, there were slipups along the way but in the end there was reason to celebrate. we will take you to san francisco where the america's cup world series wrapped up today. >> also -- >> liftoff. >> the ceo of tesla sends a rocket in to space. it's on a mission to restock the international space station. and it has something sweet on board, as well. closer to sea level tonight.
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we are watching low clouds and fog approaching the coast. shaping up for a cooler start to the workweek. a workweek that will also include a chance of showers. we will let you know when the best chances will arrive and what to expect for the next several days in the forecast when we come back. ♪
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back to the presidential campaign. president obama is scheduled to fund-raise in the area tomorrow night. and we have more from los angeles. >> reporter: with less than 30 days left of his re-election campaign, president obama landed at l.a.x. this afternoon. his first stop, a private meeting at the beverly hills home of dreamworks executive jeffrey katzenberg where obama and former president clinton thanked big donors for their campaign cash. outside of the nokia theater. >> made my day. made my week, made my life. >> 6,000 fans snaked around the worlding for the 30 days to victory concert. >> almost like a pre-victory concert in my mind. we are excited and we are sure
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he is going to win. >> reporter: stars like stevie wonder, jennifer hudson and katy perry took the stage after the president made rallying remarks. >> we have some work to do. we have an election to win. everything we fought for in 2008 is on the line here in 2012. i need your help. >> reporter: an intimate high-dollar dinner at the ritz carlton followed where a meal with the president rang up to $25,000 a person. at the end of the trip, the obama campaign is expected to raise more than $5 million. the president will be headed the bakers field tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. before flying to san francisco for another round of fund-raising events. reporting from los angeles, nbc bay area. the republican presidential nominee, mitt romney, drew the largest crowd ever this weekend on a swing through the battleground state of florida. romney is enjoying a bump in the polls following the debate on wednesday. the romney campaign reports it
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is also evident in fund-raising. the campaign said it raised $12 million on-line in the 48 hours after the debate. there's plenty of debate over the presidential debate last week, but we will separate some of the fact from fiction. one of the debates, mitt romney claimed that half of the clean energy companies that had received government loan guarantees from the president had gone out of business. here's the facts. only three of the 26 companies have filed for bankruptcy, but many of those other companies struggle including tesla and bright source here in the bay area. on a different subject, the president accused romney of proposing a $5 trillion tax cut. the facts that that romney proposed $500 billion in tax cuts for 2015. a huge success tonight for california-based space x with its first commercial launch to
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the international space station. >> and liftoff. >> the unmanned rocket is carrying a capsule with a thousand pounds of cargo including, listen to this, chak chocolate vanilla swirl ice cream for the three residents. it is scheduled to reach the station on wednesday and docked there three weeks before returning to earth. they are counting 0 them to restock the space station now the space agency retired the shuttle. the company is run by billionaire a cofounder of paypal that runs tesla motors. right now we are talking to rob on the weather and whether it will stay gorgeous like it did this weekend. >> yeah. we did have some beautiful weather. most of the highs inleft hand in the mid-70s. looks like we saved the nicest weather for the big bay area weekend. it is chilly out there. low 50s already in santa rosa. mid-40s by tomorrow morning.
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59 san jose. 58 in san francisco. and a little bit of a sea breeze still out there around fairfield. the on shore winds picked up today. you may have noticed the plu angels. we had blow clouds west of the golden gate. that was a staple of the afternoon along with cooler temperatures. san francisco a high of 60 degrees. tonight we will see patches of low clouds returning. maybe mist in a few spots tomorrow morning along the does. our afternoon tomorrow a is cooler as more clouds spill in. here the change. not only cooler temperatures but maybe a chance of seeing a few showers especially in the south bay and the santa cruz mountains. the satellite-radar view shows the same area of low pressure off shore waited if the weekend to finish. it will bring in a chance of showers midweek and thursday and
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friday it shifts in to southern california and showers moving with it well to the south of santa cruz by the end of the week tomorrow, partly cloudy skies. not a lot in the way of showers except up to lake county and northern coastal range. in to tuesday afternoon, watch the hills here. around the santa cruz mountains 3:00 in the afternoon on tuesday. then wednesday afternoon, as the low starts to cross the coast we get more moisture moving in. right there south of san jose, the mountains diablo ring south if that is where the low goes in to southern california, mainly south of san francisco will have the best chance of showers. you can see not a bay area wide event but toward the hill tops and south of san jose. temperatures in the 40s and 50s. cool start to tomorrow morning and might be light jacket weather for the afternoon. highs near 70s in san jose. low to mid-70s around the
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trivalley and another cool day to the north bay. upper 60s as the sea breeze picks up. starting to cool things off in the north bay valleys with partly cloudy skies tomorrow. here's the chance of showers, we think, especially across the south bay hill tops around the santa cruz mountains, tuesday in to wednesday and a cool down, too. this weekend we had upper 70s. this week looks like upper 60s to low 70s most of the week and in to next weekend we should see a warm up, close to what what we had this weekend. little breezy at times. looking good. clearing out just in time for next weekend. >> all right. thank you, rob. let's check in with henry wofford of come cast sportsnet. can we talk about the 49ers? >> it would make my job easier but no we can't. we have to talk about the ugly night for giants fans at at&t park.
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now san francisco is on the brink of elimination. we will hear from the clubhouse. plus some 49ers. highlights when we come back. good morning! wow.
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welcome back. after a disappointing start to the nlgs for the giants, san francisco was looking to draw even with the reds on the and head back to cincinnati tied one game apiece. unfortunately, didn't happen that way. reds lead 1-0 in the top of the second. a solo home run. first run of the game. to greg blanco. bottom of the third, strikes out. looking. what about crawford? goes down swinging. aror owe allowed one hit over seven innings. top of the fourth, ryan singles to center. ludwig and rolen scott score to make it 4-0 reds. eighth inning bruce doubles to right. votto and chris highcy score.
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the reds score five in the eighth and win 9-0. they lead the series two games to none. >> i mean, honestly i felt pretty good out there tonight. i feel like i made some good pitches and hit it where we were. hit a couple of balls hard but seemed like a lot of them were finding the holes. >> tough day for the hitters. their guy threw well. he mixed his pitches up, changed speeds, hit his spots. we couldn't get much going or anything going. and it is hard to get the crowd in to it when you can't get guys on base. >> we have to swing the bats better. you have to hit better and score more runs. me personally, that's, i haven't gotten a hit yet. that's pretty tough. you know i don't know. we're just not hitting. >> not where we want to be.
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at the same time, it seems like we have done pretty well when our back's against the wall. we still have a battle to fight and we will go out on tuesday and looking to win. >> over to the a's and tigers. this was an exciting game. bottom of the seventh. miguel cabrera at the plate. hits the shallow fly to center and coco crisp can't make the catch. jackson and infante score to make it 3-2. next pitch josh reddick. you can do it. put your bat in to it. 4-3 oakland. however, bottom of the eighth, ryan cook, one gets away from the catcher. we are tied at four. bottom of the ninth. one out. don looking for the sac fly and he gets it. tigers walk off win 5-4. they lead the series 2-0. >> sucks but that's the way it
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goes. we have to bounce back and forget about it. you know, it's tough. it will be tough to forget about it but come back and clean slate and try to do something, try to be better. >> in my mind i always felt like it was ours. we kept battling back and forth. i thought we were going to end up on top. it didn't happen that way. so, you know, it is what it is. you have to work harder. >> you are playing to get that momentum and keep it on your side. it seems like the momentum keeps going back and forth. >> at least 4 ers fans have something to cheer about. they were taking on the bills. game tied at three. alex with a beautiful back shoulder throw to williams. 43-yard touchdown. 10-349ers. smith to crab kree. how about a 28-yard touchdown?
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they were rolling. niners up 17-3. in the fourth quarter, leading 24-3 smith to manningham. 3:00 ten yard touchdown. three tds for smith. 49ers win 45-3 is the final. that's an old-fashioned butt whupping. giant and a's in action on tuesday and both face elimination down o-2. speaking of old-fashioned butt up within whuppings, i got a lot of them. i knew you were going to ask. >> do we need to speak to your parents? >> not anymore. they won't admit it. coming up next, there was plenty of action on the bay as the america's cup world series came to a close. we will show you straight ahead.
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nbc by area's lauren scott has a look at the action on the water for america's cup. >> thank you so much. a great week of racing has come to an end as team usa's dominance continues on the bay. the bay area had a chance to get up close and personal be the top sailors in the world going head to head and delivering thrilling heart pounding moments and it was a great ending to an outstanding week of racing on the bay and fleet week was the
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backdrop. a slow start to sunday's race and a neck and neck battle with the other boat the point and a win in the final race put them at the head of the pack. >> very happy. what a great team behind me. >> with him and the crew captures the match racing title we are getting a glimpse in to the future as we move foreer ward and look forward to 2013 and race on they majestic boat. now it is said and done the world series event that the bay area has hosted are only the start of what is still to come. again, next summer from the start of july, well in to september. they will be right back here racing on the bay. at the america's cup world
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series in san francisco, lawrence scott. back to you in the studio. still to come, a brawl in an unlikely place. a fight breaks out between two wedding parties celebrating at the same high-end hotel. the former governor of california opens up to david gregory on "meet the press" and what the current governor is trying to do to lower gas prices up 50 cents a galn in the last week. [ female announcer ] introducing yoplait greek 100.
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in an effort to ease the burden jerry brown took emergency action today. kimberly tere has the that story. >> reporter: at this gas station on mcgee and north 33rd, you can see for yourself, the price for a gallon of regular unleaded is 4.37. 31 cents less than the state average but most say it isn't a bargain. >> oh, my god. it is going up and hard to afford. i'm not working so i'm looking for the cheapest gas. >> looks like she found it. it has been busy all day with drivers looking to save at the pump. >> i try to get it where it is the cheapest and this is the area to come. >> reporter: worth the wait? >> i can say it is. >> reporter: governor jerry brown is now stepping in an unprecedented move aimed at driving down gas prices, brown directed the california air resources board to alu the production of less expensive winter blend of gas. >> winter blend is essentially a
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similar type of gasoline that doesn't have to meet as stringent air pollution requirements. with summer months, cleaner version is necessary to reduce ozone when possible. winter gasoline, thanks to the cooler air, doesn't have to be quite as stringent. >> usually the switch doesn't happen for another few weeks but by doing it now the theory is the fuel supply will increase and prices will decrease. right now the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in the bay area is 4.66. that's almost a dollar more than the national average. while industry experts say the governor's move is an interesting gesture, it won't have a massive impact. they say they expect to see prices drop in the next few days any way. since the problems at refineries that caused wholesale gas prices to skyrocket have been fixed. >> california is isolated when it comes to gasoline issues. when refineries in california have problems and nobody else does, it leads to a big problem in california but not anywhere
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else and that's what we are seeing. >> reporter: again we're at an average of 4.66 in the bay area. the highest price we found is 5.39 for a gallon of regular unleaded and that was in cupertino. live in san jose, kimberly tere, nbc news. arnold schwarzenegger is continuing to hit the talk show circuit trying to sell his tell-all book. he sat down with "meet the press" this morning and admitted to david gregory that he has made his share of mistakes. >> i've hurt my wife. i've hurt the kids. i think they went through a lot of pain because of that and i take the responsibility and i will do everything i can. if someone asks what are you going to do in the next few years? i will say i will continue with my acting and the political stuff and at the same time i will be working as hard as
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possible on relationships and our family to bring the family together again. >> are you a man of good character? >> i think so. >> reporter: schwarzenegger did not explain how his new book that describes sexual affairs while married to maria shriver is part of the plan to bring his family back together again and said he has no political plans right now but is not ruling out the possible of running for office again. and new at 11:00, the fate of the suspended sheriff is scheduled to be decided by the board of supervisors on tuesday. they are supposed to vote an an official misconduct charge against him. the maded guilty in march to a misdemeanor incident related to bruising his wife's arm on new year's eve. mayor ed lee suspended him without pay but needs nine votes out of 12 from the board to be permanent. the supervisors have been unusually quiet about the positions on the case and no one is predicting the outcome of
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that vote. in san jose a sml group of protesters set up in front of city hall to mark the one-year anniversary of occupy san jose. the 28-hour camp started at noon on saturday and ended around noon today. they say what appears to be dwindling interest, occupiers have been active in promoting the rights of the 99% and fighting the abuses of the financial industry. >> the number of individuals engaged in occupy may be less than a year ago. however, the skop of our actions, and the focus is much sharper than initially. >> the scene in san jose was in stark contrast to a protest in san francisco where police say several people brought out hammers, ice picks, flares and bags of rocks. san francisco's big weekend is just about officially over. everything appears to have gone relatively smoothly from the blue angels to the giants, the niners the castro street fair and the music festival.
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monty francis has a wrap up of what has been a busy but fun weekend for most people. more than 1 million visitors spent part of the weekend in the city and there were no major problems with traffic. even the fog lifted delaying the blue angels by only an hour. from the blue angels to blue grass, they came to san francisco this weekend. packing muni bus and filling city streets. >> crazy is what it is. this is what san francisco is all about. great weather, beautiful fall day. a lot of people. a lot of great energy. a lot of fun. the 39 ths annual astro street fair drew hundreds of the castro >> it's amazing. it's wonderful. so many much going on in the city we can always use the money for the city coffers. >> reporter: in addition to fleet week, the america's cup brought thousands to the
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waterfront. while most visitors heeded warnings about leaving their cars at home, some did not and were surprised by the lack of gridlock. >> was absolutely easy. i drove right to her house and found parking right away. >> the northbound section of the embarcadero was reserved for bikers and they took advantage of the road. >> i wish more people would have walking or riding a bike. there are still tons of cars and it surprises me people would be in a car. >> i don't want to leaf out the italian heritage parade or the 49ers game. to top it off a cruise ship docked in the city. probably won't see another weekend like this in a while. live in san francisco, monty francis, nbc bay area news. still ahead. a story about volunteers and veterans that makes us bay area proud. >> it's a gift. a gift well received. believe me.
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well received. and a wedding night to remember but not how either couple expected. we will show you what happened here. ♪
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tonight. they distributed a steroid used for back pain that is connected to a meningitis outbreak. 91 people have been infected and seven have died from the rare illness. officials say the steroid could have been injected in thousands of patients. what was supposed to be the dream day for two couples turned in to a nightmare. a brawl broke out at a high-end hotel in philadelphia. it was all caught on tape. >> reporter: a wedding gone wild at a philadelphia hotel. guests of two wedding parties going at it in the lobty of the sheraton this morning. at the midst of a chaotic scene a woman in a white dress is knocked to the ground. that's the voice of 15-year-old max shulgs, a hotel guest that took the video and posted it on-line. >> it just started punching each other and hitting each other and the police came in and started
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clubbing people. >> reporter: loud screams as police can be seen and one man thrown down by an officer. police say they were outnumbered. at one point at least 75 people were involved in the alcohol-fuelled brawl that started in the bar and spilled in the the lobby. several people were hurt and one man died of a heart attack. a 57-year-old believed to be the uncle of the bride. the sheraton released a statement saying they were cooperating with the ongoing police investigation and offered heart felt condolences to the family. >> the sheraton couldn't do much. it was out of their hands. too many people. >> reporter: police made three arrest and more could follow after what should have been a beautiful night turned very ugly. nbc news. all right. we will check in with rob on the weather. it was a beautiful day in the bay area. what can we expect for the week? >> the week ahead will start to see changes. the area of low pressure which we thought would stay off shore
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most of the weekend, but over the next two to three days it will approach the coast bringing changes our way. and most of the changes late tuesday in to wednesday as the low crosses the central california coast in to southern california. taking any chances of showers with it very likely late thursday in to friday in to southern california. so in terms of the chances seeing showers monday doesn't look like a lot. north of sonoma county may have a shower or two. the mountains seeing more moisture come in and wednesday as the low loss crosses the central coast is when the most lift and the most moisture will be coming in. by wednesday afternoon, maybe the diablo range. for south of san jose right now if the low scoots to the south it will be the south bay hill tops the see the showers middle of the week. stronger sea breeze will drop the numbers down. 40s and 50s out.
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we should reach the low 70s in the trivalley. south of san jose low 70s tomorrow not as warm as mid to upper 70s for the big weekend we just went through. now you notice tuesday in to wednesday scattered showers mainly for the hill tops and a cool start to the week. you will notice in to thursday and friday the temperatures are staying down. like clock work like it was planned by next weekend the numbers should rebound some. mid-70s back by next week weekend and the showers. breezy but nice weekend in store once we get through the few showers. >> chilly the middle of the week. when we come back we will take you on a special boat ride for a story that will make you bay area proud.
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there are people who served the country but don't always get to enjoy all that it offers. one east bay woman makes sure at least one day of the year they do. we have the story in tonight's bay area proud. >> we have boats, too. there's another one. >> it is the last saturday in september. the day of the annual wheelchair regatta at the yacht club in alameda. >> sign if if you would. >> at the helm, as always is margo brown. >> so they have more room to maneuver. >> reporter: if she is to make this year's event, margo must be organized. thorough. and decisive. >> we need him here now. >> reporter: it must be said the fact there is such an event every year is thanks to another of margo's qualities.
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>> i'm stubborn. if i start something, i am going to continue to do it as long as it is physically possible. >> reporter: so far it has been physically possible for 16 years. this year's regatta, the biggest one yet. close to 300 veterans are coming from homes and facilities all over california. margo has 100 volunteers to greet the veterans, escort them to the docks. >> how many wheelchairs can you safely accommodate? >> one by one wheelchair and all place them gently on to some 30 different yachts. the skipper of each boat offering to take their honored guest on a tour of the bay. >> that was a fun ride. >> reporter: for some of these veterans it will be their only
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outing all year. >> it's a gift. a gift well received believe me. well received. until our dying day we will remember these things. >> reporter: though she has no great family ties to the military, margo says she offers this opportunity to the vets because she feels they are often forgotten. particularly for those, like her, who have a history that goes back more than a few decades. >> look at what they have done for us. they have risked their lives. they went when we didn't. >> reporter: this yearly event is simply one american's way of saying thank you for your service. the thank yous margo received this year echoed ones she heard many years ago. it's the one reason margo's calendar is already full for the last saturday of next september. >> one of them turned to me and
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said, thank you. you treated us like real people. after that there was going to be a wheelchair regatta no matter what. >> reporter: garvin thomas, nbc bay area news. we'll be right back with a sure stein fall has arrived in the bay area.
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half moon bay is gearing up for the pumpkin weigh off. it is video from last year's winner. one broke the record weighing in at 1,704 pounds. that's a large weird-looking pumpkin. here's a look at the contenders. growers had incentive to go beyond the record because safeway is offering $25,000 prize for the world's first one ton pumpkin.
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one ton is of course 2,000 pounds. even if no one breaks the 2,000 pound mark, there are hefty prizes for first through tenth place. the weigh off starts tomorrow morning at half moon bay. the winners will be on display at the pumpkin festival next weekend and there's traffic going there, too. >> always interesting to see how they get that over at half moon bay. >> absolutely crazy. thank you for watching nbc bay area news. the chris matthews show is up next. have a good night.
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